A Word from Dr. Mike - 5/10/22
In this week’s RHC Bible reading plan, I read Psalm 55 on Monday. Verse 22 is powerful: “Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”
The word “cast” is a verb. It is an action word. Synonyms for “cast” include “throw” or “project.” How is this verb parsed:
· Present tense - this present moment
· Imperative mood - a command - a sense of urgency
· Active voice - the believer himself/herself creates the action.
Every believer is commanded to “cast your burden on the LORD.”
Synonyms for “burden” include “load,” “weight,” “problem,” “worry,” or “affliction.” In other words, whatever “burden” you are carrying, GOD’s Word commands you to “cast your burden on the LORD.” In other words, relinquish control and give Him control. You cast your burden through prayer to the LORD. And then you let go!! Charles H. Spurgeon once said, “If I cast my burden upon the Lord, what business have I to carry it myself? How can I truthfully say that I have cast it upon him if still I am burdened with it?”
So, if you will obey this command, what happens? Look at the text: “Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you.”
Present tense: “Cast your burden on the LORD.”
Future tense: “and He shall sustain you.”
“Sustain” means to comfort, help, assist, encourage, and support. GOD Himself promises to do these things if you will obey Him by casting “your burden on the LORD.”
One commentator helps us to understand the word “sustain”:
The experience of suffering was not taken away from the servant of God, but he was sustained, and so made strong enough to resist its pressure, and through it to make his service more perfect. This is how God ever sustains us in the bearing of burdens.”
“He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” David knew by experience that the LORD would sustain Him when he cast his burden
on the LORD. But he also had the confident expectation that GOD would protect him and deliver him. David’s fate did not lie in the burden that he carried.
The New Testament also emphasizes this wonderful truth. I Peter 5:7 declares, “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
When it comes to burdens we carry, Philippians 4: 6-7 provides the solution: “Stop worrying. But in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to GOD. And the peace of GOD, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through CHRIST JESUS.”
Through the means of prayer, we “throw” our burdens on the LORD. Why? He is bigger than any problem we experience. He cares for us. He sustains us. He secures us. And GOD gives us His peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding.